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May 9, 2014

National Women Build Week provides home for single mother in New Albany

New Albany-Floyd County Habitat for Humanity builds home on Culbertson Avenue

NEW ALBANY — Holly Brooks is raising three boys by herself, but dozens of local women have her back.

In September, she hopes to move her three sons — ages 14, 9 and 6 — into a new home at 1720 Culbertson Ave. On Thursday, the lot sat vacant aside from the footer that had recently been poured, as New Albany-Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is having the house built.

And this endeavor is different from the projects typically taken on by the organization.

This is NA-FC Habitat for Humanity’s first time participating in National Women Build Week. Internationally, Habitat for Humanity typically holds the event the week before Mother’s Day.

Teams of women sponsored by local businesses, organizations and leaders provided Habitat for Humanity with volunteer help this week to jump-start the project. Each team raised $1,000 for the project, and they donated their time as well. The women built walls and other components for the house in a lot off Dennison Avenue this week.  

Brooks was on hand to help out, and to thank the women that gave their time and money to support her family.

“It’s a dream come true and a blessing,” she said.

One team was led by New Albany City Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti, as she said the ladies on her team rallied behind the cause in part because it involved helping another woman.

“The work Habitat for Humanity does, it involves females and single women with children a lot of times, and we just wanted to get together and come help,” she said.

The ladies that participated attended a building workshop at Lowe’s in Clarksville last week to prepare for the project.

NA-FC Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager Ed Schindler oversaw the work, as organization officials said the event and the support of the women generated a lot of buzz for a good cause.

“It’s women helping women,” said Andrea Stevens, executive director of the NA-FC Habitat for Humanity. “It’s a little more comfortable and fun for them.”

Habitat for Humanity purchases some lots, and receives donated properties as well. The lot where Brooks’ home is being constructed was donated by MainSource Bank.

Habitat for Humanity is also set to construct a house on a cleared lot at 1733 Culbertson Ave. Collins said it is helpful logistically to have two projects ongoing close together.

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